Sanctuary Project Officer
Janahan Sivanathan is the Sanctuary Project Officer in the King's Sanctuary Programme team. Janahan gained his law degree in 2021, having been motivated to study law after experiencing the UK’s immigration system first-hand as a Tamil refugee. He was named runner-up for the Future Legal Mind award 2020 for his essay on discrimination against Foreign National Offenders embedded in the UK immigration system. Janahan is a Trustee at Medical Justice and previously worked at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants as the Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer and as a paralegal.
The King's Sanctuary Programme aims to initiate and lead on projects that create positive opportunities for people whose lives have been disrupted by forced displacement. It includes a range of projects, including the King's Refugee Community Sponsorship Scheme, Sanctuary Scholarships and the Homes for Ukraine University Sponsorship Model. The Sanctuary Programme also aims to enhance understanding of forced migration among staff and students at King’s and to develop opportunities for them to make a positive contribution.